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Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

Temporarily Closed

It’s a pretty wild world out there – and we bring you the wonder of it. Meet animals daily – you never know who you’ll see.

NOTE: Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, this area is temporarily closed.

Discover Wild Wonders

Close Encounters
Around the zoo
A sloth? A lynx? You never know who you'll meet at a Close Encounter. Get close-up to animals as zookeepers explain just what makes them so wonderful. Around the Zoo daily at unscheduled times to avoid congestion.

Meet the stars!

Herald
Siesta
Orchid
Bach
Twiggy
Scooter
Clark
Gonzo
Tilli
Tahoma

Protecting Wildlife

Saved from extinction.

THE THREAT: Some of our animal ambassadors in the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater are from species that are threatened in the wild: bald eagles, Canada lynx, clouded leopard.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that humans can help save animal species. We brought bald eagles back from the brink of extinction. We can save others.

Wild Stories

Send an Animal Shoutout

Are you missing your family and friends? Do you want to wish them a socially distanced “Happy Birthday!” or “Congrats!”? Animal lovers can now share a special message with a wild touch, all from the comfort of your own couch! Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park are now offering “Animal Shoutouts.” … Continued

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Coyote Spotting

It’s a warm summer evening, and you’re out for a twilight walk. Suddenly, you spot a pair of bright eyes in the undergrowth. You freeze. A coyote steps out into the silence, bushy-tailed, followed by – yes! – three young pups. Quick as lightning, you whip out your phone and snap a photo. Alerted, they … Continued

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Splish, splash! Zoo animals that beat the heat

We all love summer in the Pacific Northwest, but there’s no doubt that some days get pretty hot. Humans are pretty creative in finding ways to beat the heat – splashing, shade, cool clothes – and our Zoo animals do it too! Muskox Muskoxen are adapted for living above the Arctic Circle and nibbling for … Continued

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Other Animal Stars
Get to know all the animals in our Wild Wonders show and Close Encounters! Find the full list here.